KANSAS CITY—According to Cassidy Turley, Kansas City’s 49.9-million-square-foot office market produced 54,000-square-feet of net absorption in the second quarter, an improvement that, although modest, indicates that the market may have turned a corner. Like many secondary markets across the Midwest, “we don’t have big swings back and forth, but it seems like the C-suite guys in Kansas City have become more comfortable expanding their labor forces as we come out of our deep freeze,” Michael Mayer, managing principal at the Cassidy Turley offices in Kansas City, tells GlobeSt.com.

The gains are modest because most companies have also decided to emphasize efficiency and limit expansions of their footprints. “Mid-year vacancy for the Kansas City office market was 19.4%,” Cassidy Turley researchers found. “The vacancy rate has drifted between 19% and 20% since the end of 2012.”

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